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9.02.2014

Victorian Mod Home Decor Updates from the Thrift Store

CB2 has a great "Victorian Novel" trend right now (click here to see). I totally dig the pieces in this collection, as I love blending classic with contemporary.  Since so much of the inspiration for this collection is classic, I figured, why can't someone DIY this look with some thrift store shopping and some spray paint? 

Here are my tips on how you can update your home décor with these Victorian Mod accents with some items you can find at your local thrift store, garage sale, or estate sale.

Victorian Mod Piece: Teapots

From CB2:


Image source: CB2.com

From Thrift Store:

 

If you can't find the color you fancy, never underestimate the power of spray paint to transform anything!

Victorian Mod Piece: Wine Glasses

From CB2:


Image source: CB2.com

From Thrift Store:

 
There is no shortage of unique glassware at your local thrift store.  I liked the ones above!
 
Victorian Mod Piece: Serving Platters

From CB2:


Image source: CB2.com

From Thrift Store:

 
 
Check out these two lovely serving platters found at my local Goodwill!
 
Victorian Mod Piece: Candle Holders

From CB2:


Image source: CB2.com

From Thrift Store:

 
 
Again, there is no shortage of candle holder options at the thrift store; and again, if you don't love the, as-is, don't be afraid of a little spray paint!

Victorian Mod Piece: Arm Chair

From CB2:


Image source: CB2.com

From Thrift Store:

I don't have a photo example of this one, and it would likely be a more involved DIY.  Just imagine finding a sturdy old chair that maybe has some bad paint or upholstery.  Re-upholstering is not as difficult as it sounds, and re-painting to a mod color? Well, that's easy.

Victorian Mod Piece: Ornate Mirror

From CB2:


Image source: CB2.com

Reasonably-Priced Alternative:


Image source: Ikea.com

Ung Drill Mirror from Ikea. Only $40!

Victorian Mod Piece: Ornate Picture Frame

From Thrift Store:

 
This frame isn't as ornate as some, but it is a great example of a solid frame with matting in good condition.  One great thrift store trick is to go through the art, and ignore the ugly, unwanted art that someone donated.  Instead, look for the quality of the frame and matting.  Remove the art and replace with your own for a fraction of the cost of custom framing.  Again, you can also spray paint the frame if the color is not quite right.
 
Bonus Thrift Store Find: Lamp
 


While I am on the subject of spray painting, here's a reminder to always check the lighting section while thrift shopping.  Old brass lamps and chandeliers can receive new life with a coat of (you guessed it) spray paint!  For hundreds less than a new chandelier, you can reclaim a thrift store find and make it your own.

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